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Laura L's Experience

Experience description:   

I was unable to sleep, so listened to my favorite relaxation tapes. Still unable to sleep I got out of bed to look out of the bedroom window, when I turned back to return to bed I was aware of looking at myself asleep on the bed.  I instantly felt a love for my familiar shape as I lay on one side, eyes firmly shut, my arm stretched upwards on the pillow.

I thought WOW, this is what it is like to be outside of your body.  I felt I was in the corner of the bedroom, looking down on the sleeping forms of myself and that of my husband. I enjoyed watching myself, my sleeping husband and looking around the room for a few moments, then thought how do I return to my body.  As you think, your thought processes bring you immediately to where you want to be, which was the light switch.  I tried to switch on the lights, but nothing happened.  I started to panic, thinking I might have died, but thought no, because where is God or the Devil, where are my dead loved ones?  Then I really got very upset, thinking I would be trapped outside of my body. I got up very close to my body, watching intently at my own face asleep and feeling very weepy. I desperately wanted to return to my body.  Suddenly, I felt myself sliding into my body and, as if in slow motion, I felt myself sit up. I tried the light switch and this time it worked. All was normal again.  My experience happened 5 years ago and I remember exactly every single moment of when my soul left my body.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I would say 100%. My thought processes were crystal clear.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No, not at all. My experience was very real.  All the bedroom furniture was were it should be. The bedroom was lit up with moonlight, so I could see quite clearly.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     Because I could see the sleeping form of my body on the bed.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Amazement, a peaceful feeling that endorsed my belief I had a soul followed by anxiety (briefly, could not return to my body).

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No, just my husband snoring.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?    No           

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     My senses were more acute, more sharper and more responsive.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     Time seemed not to be a part of the experience.  Time did not feature; it was almost non-existent.  I have no knowledge of how long I was outside of my body.  I was so confused that I forget to check the time, when I returned to my body.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Uncertain      I struggled to return to my body.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I strongly believe in the afterlife, but I am confused as to why God choose to give me this experience, as I was a firm believer in God, before the experience.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I am not afraid of death, as I now know that we have a body and a soul.  Two separate identities.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     Just endorsement that we go on to an afterlife.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Disbelief apart from a couple of friends.  Family and other friends said I must have been dreaming.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Bewilderment.  Peace.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was endorsement that the body has a soul/separate consciousness.

The worst part was the anxiety experienced of temporarily being unable to return to my body.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        Just to say that OBEs are only the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many other things between Heaven and Earth, that we know nothing about.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No      

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes     The questions asked are straightforward and easy to answer.